Jamie Turmanis
Managing Director

Jamie Turmanis is the Managing Director and Founder of Quest Events. He leads the company through a hands-on and pragmatic management style.

Jamie has extensive experience in the product development, sales, marketing and operational elements of an events business.

Prior to founding Quest Events, Jamie worked for IIR, informa, Terrapinn and AC Events in Sydney. He has also worked in Hong Kong with Beacon Events. During his 14+ years in the events industry, Jamie has led the development and growth of some of Australia’s and Asia’s leading commercial events. He has launched and grown hundreds of successful conferences, exhibitions and training seminars in the Australian and Asian markets from 2003 to the present day.

He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Technology, Sydney. He enjoys playing a variety of sports including cricket, football, squash, surfing and golf - and has run in two marathons.

"In business and industry, we are all on a quest for something. And the right Quest event can help you on yours. Delivering quality and value is what drives me and I am a firm believer that this is the only way to truly succeed. As a result, you can expect the highest possible quality and excellent value from every Quest event you attend. I thank you in advance for your business."


Office: +61 (0)2 9977 0565

Aleks Zids
General Manager

As one of the first members of the Quest Events’ team, Aleks has had experience across all of Quest’s business areas, including production, marketing, sales and operations.

Since 2012, Aleks has been instrumental in launching and growing some of the company's most successful events. He has helped ensure that Quest brand is recognised for superior quality, with events that deliver real value for all involved.

Outside of work Aleks loves to learn about new trends, technology and history along with being outdoors, whether that be surfing, running, cycling or playing football.

“I focus on ensuring that every Quest event has the highest quality speakers addressing the most pertinent and current topics. I like creating interactive events with lots of opportunities for questions, discussions and of course networking, to ensure that everybody gets the most out of each opportunity.”


Direct: +61 (0)2 8188 7597


John Pozoglou
Head of Strategy - Quest Ignite

John leads the Emerging Technology & Innovation events portfolio within Quest Events – Quest Ignite.

John’s interests are in branding and experiential activations at the intersection between business, technology and culture.

His expertise in content curation, design, customer experience and sales have seen him create industry leading events across Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pac regions – including Mobile Content World, Telecoms World, The Internet Show, Cards & Payments Middle East and most recently Connect EXPO in Australia.

John likes cycling, alternative music, beat generation writers, travelling, history and hanging out with his family. He is also a keen Liverpool and Manly Sea-Eagles supporter.

At Quest Ignite, we are focused on creating environments where technologists, entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketeers, growth hackers, creative minds and industry leaders can share ideas and collaborate in seemingly impossible ways – to explore new forms of innovation - and unlock economic, societal and cultural value.

If you are involved or interested in emerging technology, then we can provide the platform for you to reach your goals whether they are professional, personal, strategic or commercial.”


Office:  +61 (0)2 9977 0565

Direct: +61 (0)2 8188 7502
Mobile: +61 (0)403 183 777

Marcel Baillache
Marketing Director

Marcel has over 20 years’ experience,  working for global conference companies in Africa, Asia and Australia – developing marketing strategies for smaller training events to large scale conferences/exhibitions, with 2,000+ attendees.

He has a keen interest in developing marketing talent and growing delegate attendance year on year, by constantly innovating and testing new digital channels. His extensive conference marketing experience includes content marketing, social media, email marketing and lead generation.

Marcel has successfully launched events into new markets including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, China, New Zealand, Kenya, and Botswana to name a few.


Direct: +61 (0)2 8188 7582

Office: +61 (0)2 9977 0565

John Burden
Sales Director

As a member of the Quest Events’ team since its inception in 2012, John's primary focus has been to ensure our high level, high quality events have been well attended and supported from both a delegate and sponsorship perspective. He has grown the sales team significantly & the experience and satisfaction of our clients is his #1 focus.

John has a Bachelor of Business/Sports Marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney. In his spare time, he plays a variety of sports including tennis, golf or playing for the ‘Brookie Battlers’ football team.

“I focus to ensure that both attendees and sponsors leave each and every event with a positive experience. I endeavour to foster an environment where our clients' business development objectives are enhanced through participation in our events. I look forward to meeting you at the next one!"


Direct: +61 (0)2 8188 7535
Office:  +61 (0)2 9977 0565
Mobile:  +61 (0)402 597 944

Lea Hauchard
Event Operations Manager

Originally from France, Lea holds a Bachelor of Tourism and a Bachelor of Arts.

She gained experience in Events Management as an Event Coordinator, contracting mainly for not-for-profit organisations and governmental institutions. She has worked on organising both national and international conferences and exhibitions.

In Australia since November 2010, Lea started off working in the hospitality industry before returning to the corporate conference industry, where her passion lies.

“I aim to deliver seamless, top quality events! I ensure that all speaker, delegate and sponsor requirements are looked after and that everyone gets the most out of their investment, in order to create an event experience that maximises their opportunities to meet, learn and grow.”

I can help you with:

  • Event registration
  • Speaker logistics and presentations
  • Sponsor and exhibitor requirements
  • All other general event information and logistics


Direct: +61 (0)2 8188 7543
Office: +61 (0)2 9977 0565
+61 (0)450 650 500

Helen Bateman
Database Manager

Helen leads the Database Research team based in Australia, the Philippines and India. She is responsible for ensuring that the team are identifying and building the right marketing lists for Quest Events’ broad range of events, making sure each list is accurate and complete. Helen is also a part of the Quest Events CRM development team.

Helen has a BA in Leisure Management from the University of Technology Sydney. In her spare time she enjoys water sports including swimming and SCUBA diving. Helen also loves to travel to destinations that are off the tourist trail and experience new cultures and food.

“It’s my goal to ensure that decision makers and industry experts are made aware of the opportunities to network with like-minded individuals via our events”


Direct: +61 (0)2 8188 7542
Office: +61 (0)2 9977 0565